Viet Nam News By Sri Lankan Ambassador Hasanthi Urugodawatte Dissanayake Sri Lanka is the essence of a people renowned for their hospitality, stunning landscapes, rich biodiversity and a wealth of incredible, immersive experiences on offer for travellers. Within a mere area of 65,610sq.km lie eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330km of coastline - much of its pristine beach, 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 202,343ha of lush tea plantations, 101,171 of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, and a culture that extends back over 2,500 years, with well-preserved archaeological monuments, mostly from the country’s Buddhist heritage, one of the world’s most scenic rail routes. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the year 2019 is marked with many remarkable milestones for Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, with Lonely Planet naming Sri Lanka as the top country for travel and recognising Colombo City, the commercial capital … [Read more...] about 2019 Sri Lanka: where all roads lead to!
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Ship of Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (Source: mmea.gov.my) Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Malaysia and Sri Lanka have agreed to intensify cooperation in monitoring the waters between the two countries, said Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on August 30. Wan Azizah stated that this was among the topics discussed between her and visiting Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Tilak Marapana on August 27 in Putrajaya. According to her, the Malaysian Government is concerned about the security of its water ways, and is striving for pirate-free waters for the safety of traders. She stressed that the future development of the region depended much on relationships between countries, such as Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Therefore, the relationships need to be maintained and strengthened, she added. For his part, Tilak said Sri Lanka is particularly interested in the Indian Ocean, especially regarding issues of security and movements of ships. Bilateral trade … [Read more...] about Malaysia, Sri Lanka collaborate in monitoring waters
Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) and Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam always treasures and wants to further develop its traditional friendship with Sri Lanka, Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said on August 27. At a meeting with Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, who came to Vietnam to co-chair the Indian Ocean Conference (IOC), Minh thanked Sri Lanka for supporting Vietnam’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term. He proposed Sri Lanka express a more active voice in the East Sea issue by backing the stance of Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), especially in the principled matters such as freedom of navigation and aviation, respect for international law and settlement of disputes through peaceful measures. Wickremesinghe commended Vietnam’s great achievements in socio-economic … [Read more...] about Deputy PM: Vietnam wants to develop ties with Sri Lanka
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI – The third Việt Nam-Sri Lanka political consultation took place in Colombo on Wednesday, during which the two sides agreed to roll out measures to improve bilateral ties. Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Đặng Đình Quý and his Sri Lankan counterpart Sumith Nakandala co-chaired the event. Speaking highly of the sound friendship and all-round partnership between the two countries, Quý agreed to propose an early visit by Vietnamese leaders to Sri Lanka. Nakandala said the consultation was one of the important mechanisms to boost the growth of bilateral ties and agreed to hold the fourth meeting of the bilateral Joint Committee soon in 2018. Realising that trade and investment were the key pillars in bilateral cooperation, the two sides agreed to organise the second meeting of the Sub-Committee on Trade Cooperation in Việt Nam to speed up initiatives and measures to reach the target of US$1 billion in … [Read more...] about Việt Nam, Sri Lanka agree to boost bilateral ties
Illustrative image (Source: Internet) Hanoi (VNA) – The third Vietnam-Sri Lanka political consultation took place in Colombo on April 11, during which the two sides agreed to roll out measures to lift up the Vietnam-Sri Lanka partnership. Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Dinh Quy and his Sri Lankan counterpart Sumith Nakandala co-chaired the event. Speaking highly of the sound traditional friendship and all-round partnership between the two countries, Deputy Minister Quy agreed to propose an early visit by Vietnamese leaders to Sri Lanka. Sumith Nakandala stated that the consultation is one of the important mechanisms to boost the growth of bilateral ties, and agreed to hold the fourth meeting of the bilateral Joint Committee soon in 2018. Concurring that trade and investment are a key pillar in bilateral cooperation, the two sides agreed to organise the second meeting of the Sub-Committee on Trade Cooperation in Vietnam to speed up initiatives and measures to reach the set … [Read more...] about Third Vietnam-Sri Lanka political consultation held in Colombo